As you might expect, the festive season is going to be somewhat different this year in Radovljica, and, in fact, in Slovenia as a whole. Am I rocking the mask look?!
Unfortunately, Slovenia is faring far less well second time round and, at the time of writing (1 December), the situation is thus: there is a curfew in place from 9pm to 6am; all restaurants/bars etc. are closed; all non-essential shops are closed; we are not allowed outside of the municipality where we live; masks must be worn at all times outdoors too, other than in ‘green’ areas where it is possible to ensure a 3 metre distance from others; there is no public transport; mixing with others is not allowed other than with immediate family members; all sports events/public events etc. are cancelled. So, as you can imagine, the atmosphere is not as festive as it could be, but that doesn’t mean that Christmas has been cancelled; this year it will just be more ‘intimate’, which isn’t always a bad thing!
However, with the festive season upon us, there is a glimmer of hope and a twinkle of fairy lights, and Radovljica is looking even more picture-perfect than ever! So, let’s focus on what you CAN see and do right now, rather than what you CAN’T!
A stroll through the historic old town centre of Radovljica is pleasant and interesting whatever the time of year, but even more so in the festive season. Tourism Radol’ca have really gone to town this year with this festive lights, which now not only adorn Linhart Square but also the town park and the square in front of St. Peter’s church.
To get you in the festive spirit, below you can watch the switching on the festive lights in Radovljica, which took place at 5pm today.
The theme of this year’s decorations is Radovljica’s long tradition of wickerwork.
This year, despite the lack of an advent market and live events/performances, you can still enjoy an ‘adventure’ in the form of the new ‘Journey to the Fairies’ Tree‘.
Of course, and thank goodness, nature hasn’t been affected by the virus – some would argue it has in fact got even better due to less pollution – thus taking to the forest is a great way to socially distance too! So, check out the array of themed hiking trails and short hikes ideal for little ones in the Radol’ca area.
We’ve been hiking a lot on the Jelovica plateau of late, since we can’t go that far from home due to the restrictions. There has been a lot of fog in the valley so getting up above it – as we did last Saturday – is certainly worth the effort!
In addition, a number of the Taste Radol’ca restaurants are offering home delivery and/or take-away food, so you can also have a day – or days – off cooking over the festive season, and you can even pick up fresh ingredients and treats from the vending machine in front of Gostilna Kunstelj!
You can keep up-to-date with the latest information on the COVID-19 situation here and find out more about the latest events, well, as and when there will be any – in the Radol’ca area here.
To end, I wish you all a very happy and, of course, more importantly healthy, Christmas and New Year and hope to be back with you soon with some more positive news!
© Adele in Slovenia
4 thoughts on “A Different December in Radovljica!”
I am a fan of Slovenia (I would say that it was a love from the first sight) and although I have never been to Radovljica, I really enjoy your posts. I hope things will get better soon for Slovenia and well, also for the rest of the world… and I can start dreaming about hiking in Slovenia again. This is my Christmas wish this year!
Hi Diana, thanks for your lovely comment and feedback on my posts. I certainly hope things get better, and soon, as things really aren’t going well here at the moment and it’s getting harder and harder as it drags on. I, like you, am also dreaming about hiking. Whilst we can hike here in Radovljica, I’m also looking forward to being able to visit some of Slovenia’s other mountains too – snow permitting that is, as there has been a lot in the past week. I guess many of us will have similar Christmas wishes this year, i.e. to be healthy, to get the vaccine, and for life to get back to ‘normal’. Best wishes! Adele
Hi there, Adele – Mary from Toronto, Ontario. I enjoy your blog very much and would love to see a section on Slovenian recipes. What do you think?
Mary Sibenik Toronto, ON
On Tue, Dec 1, 2020 at 12:26 PM Adele in Slovenia wrote:
> adeleinslovenia posted: “As you might expect, the festive season is going > to be somewhat different this year in Radovljica, and, in fact, in Slovenia > as a whole. Am I rocking the mask look?! Unfortunately, Slovenia is faring > far less well second time round and, at the time” >
Hi Mary, I’m so sorry for the delay in replying to you. I can’t tell you how many times I intended to do so, but work has been really manic of late, and my blog has therefore taken something of a backseat. I sincerely hope that both the COVID-19 situation and my lack of time will be remedied asap. Thanks very much for your feedback and suggestion re Slovenian food recipes. I actually used to write a lot more about food, however, since being diagnosed with coeliac disease, food has become an entirely different matter for me, particularly in terms of eating out. However, that’s not to say I couldn’t write something for those fortunate enough to not be in my position, so I will certainly give it some thought. Best regards, Adele